February 19, 2014 Subject:
Cinéma Vérité, great shots of kids, street, building, excellent footage...and then symphonic music ! ;-)
March 28, 2005 Subject:
The Principal is my PAL
This film attempts to show the viewer what the Police Action Leauge (PAL) is doing for the comunity. Oddly enough although it does have a narrator he isn't used as much as you'd think he would, the film's producers opt instead to show us what the Pal program is like through visuals of kids playing while the robotic narrator chimes in with things like "The Playstreet program is not just throwing a bat and ball to children and telling them to play" which adds an element of bizzarness that otherwise would be soreley lacking in this film. Thiers also some good (if not wierd) music selections used. However I'm still left asking myself why did I give this a four, I guess my answer would be because the Kid's look like thier having a great time, but on top of that the presentation used is pretty bizzare.
September 12, 2004 Subject:
Summer in the City
In this mid-sixties documentary, the Police Athletic League closes down a street and turns it into a Play Street that becomes a summer camp of sorts for city children. The film looks like it was shot in upper Manhattan or the Bronx. The film's narrator has an irritating voice that's sounds uncannily like New York's current mayor, Michael Bloomberg. The children do arts and crafts, dress up, play games and have potato sack races. Would such children today do these activities with the same innocence that these children show? The early part of the film, where the camera pans silently over the slum neighborhoods and the desolate children playing alone in trash littered lots is the most eloquent. When we see the children at Play Street, a jarring and inappropriate baroque trumpet concerto comes on out of nowhere. This film is more about the good deeds done by PAL than about the children themselves, who we never get a chance to learn more about.
February 26, 2004 Subject:
Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto
Although this film starts out REALLY strongly by showing kids playing in slums with whatever they could come up with, it quickly loses it when the music and most especially, the narration comes up. Play Street deals with the Police action league's efforts to get kids off the street and well, start playing on them. We do get to see kids playing, doing activities and the like, but it's bogged down by somewhat odd music and Mr Roboto narrating. Still worth the view for the images, especially at the beginning.
October 1, 2003 Subject:
a new york documentary
An excellent short film describing the work of the PALS organisation in helping the children in the slums cope with life, by improving their recreation. b/w sound